ERIC Number: ED422665
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Demonstrated Actions of Instructional Leaders: A Case Study of Five Superintendents.
Petersen, George J.
The district superintendent's instructional leadership has emerged as a critical issue in ongoing efforts to reform schools. To elaborate on this trend, an exploratory case study that focused on the perceived and actual leadership characteristics and actions of district superintendents is presented here. For the study, indepth interviews were conducted with five district superintendents in California. Interview responses indicated that the superintendents perceived four attributes to be essential in their ability to be successful instructional leaders: (1) possession and articulation of an instructional vision; (2) the creation of an organizational structure that supports their instructional vision and leadership; (3) assessment and evaluation of personnel and instructional programs; and (4) organizational adaptation. By employing responses given by the superintendents and by scrutinizing their articulated roles, a preliminary model of perceived superintendent behaviors was constructed. To confirm perceptions, actions, and behaviors articulated by the superintendents, triangulation interviews were conducted with school principals and school board members in each of the participating districts. A 52-item questionnaire was also administered to every principal and school board member in these districts. The responses confirmed the articulated actions and behaviors of these superintendents in their promotion of the technical core of curriculum and instruction. (Author/RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).